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MATLAB Answers Wish-list #4 (and bug reports)

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2015 年 8 月 14 日
編集済み: Adam Danz 2020 年 5 月 22 日
Edit: due to the increasing size of this thread, it is continued here.
This topic is for features you would like to see for the MATLAB Answers facility itself, and also for bug reports about the MATLAB Answers facility.
This topic is the follow on to the first Wish-list for MATLAB Answer sections and second MATLAB Answers Wish-list #2 (and bug reports). Those grew large enough to become unwieldy; and Mathworks has made enough changes to make a number of the past points no longer of relevance. More recently there was the limited purpose New design of the forum - grey on white which turned into a bug and wish list; I have renamed that for continuity.
I suggest one wish (or bug report) per answer, so that people can vote their wishes.
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Adam Danz
Adam Danz 2020 年 2 月 25 日
For easy navigation and for the historians,
Anyone with edit privileges should feel free to update this whenever needed.

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Jon
Jon 2015 年 8 月 15 日
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Maybe this functionality already exists and I'm not aware of it, but why isn't there a notification of some kind on my profile page that alerts me to new comments, questions, and answers that I'm involved in? An unread message alert, something like this:
Then when you click on "Questions", those that are "unread" are at the top of the queue. And you can mark them unread if you want to come back to them later. I have a hard time keeping track otherwise, especially if I leave for an extended period of time.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2018 年 2 月 23 日
A couple of months ago, Mathworks implemented "Activity Feed". If you look under "My MATLAB Answers", it is the first entry.
Notification is only for Questions that you are "subscribed" to. There is a configuration option to determine whether by default you want to subscribe to any question that you ask or answer or comment on. You can always toggle any given question on or off -- including toggling notifications on for a Question you have not responded to at all.
The subscriptions are not back-dated for anything you answered or commented on in the past, but it looks like they might have been turned on by default for any Question you asked.

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dpb
dpb 2015 年 8 月 15 日
Again the complaint of excessive white space (futile, I know :( ).
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Adam Danz
Adam Danz 2020 年 5 月 22 日
The margins appear to be even wider on a wide monitor. The screen shot below (shrunk to 25%) shows this page in Chrome with 100% zoom (ie, no zoom).

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2015 年 8 月 14 日
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Please add a keyword to Search Answers that specifies sorting order. I frequently want to link to a discussion from a few days ago, so a lot of my searches are of the form
contributor:roberson Some Terms of Relevance
and then I have to search and click on the sorting order drop-down to sort to Date Updated (Newest to Oldest) which does a page refresh. And then afterwards I have to Back twice, with the search needlessly being done again as I get back to the search results sorted by the default Relevance.
I suggest a keyword such as "sortby", such as "sortby:recent" with "sortby:newest" being equivalent to that. The default would be sortby:relevance (with sortby:relevence perhaps being accepted as an alternative for those of us who are sometimes weak in our spelling ;-) )

Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2015 年 8 月 14 日
When we delete a Question for spam, either by Delete with a spam flag or by clicking on This Is Spam for postings detected as probable spam then when the deletion is finished, the page is forwarded to the Answers home page. The painting of the home page requires that a time-consuming database lookup be done to find the most recent messages and present them. As it is common when doing spam control for us to have 6 to 20 Questions open in tabs (to allow the pages to paint in the background while we deal with them in sequence), that database lookup and repaint is slow and unnecessary, often adding 17+ seconds to the deletion process.
I therefore recommend that when a posting is deleted for spam, that instead of going to the homepage, that it just refreshes, taking us to the "Can't find your Question?" page; we can Back or close the tab or whatever we find appropriate from there.
Remember, deleting spam is not the normal work-flow for anyone but the staff and the decaSpartans (the 3000-ers ;-) ), and that when engaged in spam control the work-flow is seldom to want to see the Answers home page for each Question killed off.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2016 年 4 月 15 日
Thank you to the developers who made it possible to select large number of spam posts and delete them on one go!

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2015 年 8 月 28 日
Needed: a Ban Hammer. Or at least a Spam Hammer. So that we can flag a poster as a raw spammer and toss all their postings, past and future, into spam quarantine.
Signed: the overnight spam janitor. Spamnitor? Spamitor? Spaminator?
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Star Strider
Star Strider 2015 年 8 月 28 日
I’ve deleted a bunch of them as well recently. It’d be nice to be able to ‘freeze’ a spammer’s account to immediately prevent further postings from it, and automatically flagging it so that TMW will then take appropriate follow-up action.

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Paul Metcalf
Paul Metcalf 2016 年 10 月 26 日
One idea for MATLAB Central is the ability to follow an author. Currently you can only follow a file but there are some authors for which I'd like to receive a notification if new files are added...
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Rik
Rik 2018 年 9 月 5 日
I find the e-mail notifications annoying, so I just check the activity center, but I would think following a contributor would show up there anyway.
This is a very good idea. I currently have a few bookmarks that I check from time to time, but that is very prone to missing stuff.

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OCDER
OCDER 2017 年 9 月 21 日
Suggestions:
  • when answerer is working on a question and someone else posts a new comment/answer, show a popup before answerer submits a redundant answer/comment "There is a new answer/comment. Look before submitting your answer/comment?" Otherwise, people end up working on an answer, pressing submit, realizing a key answer/comment was given 1 min ago, and then deleting recent post.
  • prevent people who ask a lot of questions but provide no feedback that the answers work from posting new questions until previous ones are resolved. Ex: "You've asked 15 questions, received 40 answers, but accepted 0 answers. To ask more questions, please accept answers or close them. If you're not getting correct answers, please read tutorial here on how to ask questions to get answers."
  • for new users to this forum, a quick quiz before getting started, since people aren't reading the tutorial. Ex multiple choice: Which is a good question? A. help me? B. what's wrong? C. can you do this for me? D. Why do I get an error when using fopen? I have attached the code and full error message...
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madhan ravi
madhan ravi 2019 年 1 月 30 日
It's an interesting one @OCDER

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Rik
Rik 2018 年 6 月 29 日
Maybe it would be a good idea to ask for a confirmation before allowing users to answer their own question. Many people mistakenly use the answer field, which results in weird threads and a lot of talking about not-the-problem (and maybe a bit of frustration).
I think requiring a few reputation points before being able to answer your own question would be a bit harsh, but it would be alternative.
The main downside to the first option would be that people who don't understand the structure, will probably not read a warning popup.
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dpb
dpb 2018 年 7 月 2 日
I'd agree 110%+ with just a button to automagically re-categorize A-->C (and vice versa, sometimes someone writes a comment that is, in fact, a very good Answer) keeping poster ID, etc., ... I've moved quite a number over the years but it's tedious so not nearly as many as coulda'/shoulda' ...

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dpb
dpb 2018 年 9 月 19 日
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I wish the ability to Delete or Close a Q? while someone is preparing an Answer could be disabled -- several times I have just finished a detailed response to a Q? and go to post and discover the Q? is no longer visible. It's really frustrating.
Latest was just yesterday on a Q? that had to do with stock market weekly averages -- both Walter and I had posted comments trying to lead the poster down the path (in somewhat differing directions, but that's useful, too) and I finally decided to just illustrate how retime could solve his problem in one line and had prepared a really nice (I think! :) ) demo and BAM! Black hole... :(
If the poster subsequently chooses to delete or some other editor thinks inappropriate or whatever, well, ok, I can accept that as being inevitable occasionally but in this case as in the others I can recall I think it was a legitimate-enough question (albeit from a naive user) that the answer/demo would be worthwhile even if the OP never came back.
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dpb
dpb 2018 年 9 月 20 日
Walter, I'd suggest that suggestion (so to speak :) ) is worthy of its own Answer as a forum enhancement.

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James Tursa
James Tursa 2015 年 10 月 22 日
I would like power-users to have the ability to conditionally accept an Answer during the initial 7-day wait period. There have been many occasions when a Question gets answered and it is obviously worthy of accepting. The original poster may not acknowledge it, or may simply provide a comment of thanks without formally accepting it. Rather than waiting the 7 days and then spending additional time coming back to the Question to accept the answer (if it hasn't been already), I would like to have the ability to click on some type of conditional acceptance button immediately. If no additional answers are subsequently posted and no answer has been accepted then when the 7 days expires the conditional acceptance would turn into a formal acceptance automatically. If additional answers do get subsequently posted then the conditional acceptance could be automatically deleted (maybe with an e-mail notification to the power-user to re-visit the Question).
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Chen Lin
Chen Lin 2015 年 10 月 27 日
Walter is right. The traffic is cyclical. But if we trail 4 quarters(T4Q), we actually see a significant increase each quarter.

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Adam
Adam 2019 年 3 月 29 日
One or two things with respect to notification preferences and Activity Feed that I would like:
  • Having a preference to not automoatically add Answers threads I comment or answer on to my Activity feed would be great. I click the unfollow (or whatever it is called) box literally every time I am adding a comment or answer. Just having a one time preference to have the default be off and then I can switch on as I wish would be nice.
  • Being able to choose what I get e-mail notifications about. At the moment it seems I can just either switch them on or off so I switched them off because I don't want to get spammed about stuff from Matlab Answers, but I would like to have e-mail notifications on for a couple of File Exchange submissions that I follow. I tend to never use my Activity Feed (mostly for the reason above as I don't always remember to untick the follow option) so don't see updates on these toolboxes I am using.
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Adam Danz
Adam Danz 2020 年 2 月 25 日
Perfect, forgot about that page. Thanks, Walter.

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dpb
dpb 2018 年 5 月 4 日
Seems excessively strict given that the "extra-x" format is now default for all MS Office products; what's the reason isn't allowed--just never added to the "allowed" list, I presume? Just had a Q? wherein the poster ran into the problem; renamed the file but didn't change the format and caused issues because of incompatible format in Excel.
Run into when try to attach any .xlsx file--error box contains following text (I didn't bother to capture image, just the text):
Cannot attach this file because:
File format is unsupported. Use any of these formats: .bmp, .csv, .fig, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg,
.m, .mlx, .mat, .mdl, .pdf, .png, .txt, .xls, .zip
Attach a file:
Choose file.xlsx
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Rena Berman
Rena Berman 2018 年 9 月 6 日
(Answers dev) You should be able to attach .xlsx files now.

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Greig
Greig 2015 年 8 月 29 日
A "Follow Question" button.
How many time have folk encountered a question that is useful or interesting and they won't too keep track of it, but don't necessarily have a comment or answer to contribute?
Basically a mechanism that allows you to follow a question, without having to answer it or comment on it, or bookmark it in your browser. An extra option, called "My Following", in the "My MATLAB Answers" menu would be an obvious place to link to a list of threads that you are following. Obviously, an "Unfollow" option would be needed too.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2018 年 2 月 23 日
A couple of months ago, Mathworks implemented "Activity Feed". If you look under "My MATLAB Answers", it is the first entry.
Notification is only for Questions that you are "subscribed" to. There is a configuration option to determine whether by default you want to subscribe to any question that you ask or answer or comment on. You can always toggle any given question on or off -- including toggling notifications on for a Question you have not responded to at all.
The subscriptions are not back-dated for anything you answered or commented on in the past, but it looks like they might have been turned on by default for any Question you asked.

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2015 年 9 月 19 日
If there were a search tag based upon who last modified a post, then I would be able to search
contributor:roberson asked_at:7 -last_updated_by:roberson
to select postings in I had contributed but I was not the most recent contributor. Especially if this was combined with my proposed sortby:newest I could be filtering down to things that have been recently updated by someone other than me.

Image Analyst
Image Analyst 2016 年 2 月 14 日
Far too often the original poster posts a new "Answer" to a question posed by someone in a Answer or Comment, instead of replying to that specific Answer or Comment where the question was posed. I suggest that the "Answer this question" caption be changed to mention the original poster, like "Answer the original question by Walter Roberson". Hopefully that will lessen the number of times people answer their own question when they should be replying to someone else.
I'd also like to see "Comment" be changed to "Reply" to be consistent with the wording used in almost all other online forums.

Chad Greene
Chad Greene 2016 年 4 月 8 日
For new users, it might help to force askers to answer yes to these questions before their question can be posted:
  • Did you describe your problem in detail? {{Include a help bubble that error messages should be included in the question, etc.}}
  • Have you provided a minimal working example? {{Include a help bubble describing an MWE for those who are unfamiliar with the concept.}}
  • Have you formatted your code for readability? {{Include a help bubble describing how to format code.}}
I don't think it would be necessary to make askers say yes to these questions forever, but it may get rules of etiquette and effectiveness into their heads if they have to think about their questions the first few times posting on the forum.

Cedric Wannaz
Cedric Wannaz 2017 年 10 月 10 日
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For people who don't check the "Allow users to contact me securely" option in their profile, there could/ should be a button that allows us to send them an automated message "there has been some activity on your thread" (and e.g. a field or drop down for us to enter/select a thread ID).
The rational is that if someone wants time from us, it should be acknowledged/imposed that he/she accepts to receive reminders about open threads or just about added comments. This may help reducing the amount of questions for which the person asking never comes back (if only for saying that he/she doesn't need an answer anymore).
Some option for sending electric shocks remotely would be nice too..
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Cedric Wannaz
Cedric Wannaz 2018 年 9 月 5 日
Awesome! .. but where do I click for sending electric shocks? ;-)

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Adam
Adam 2018 年 6 月 6 日
Hopefully this is still work in progress, but the options for asking a question are a little odd at the moment. I notice that 'Release' has been added as a field which is great, but it is disabled until you enter a Matlab Product, which itself is not compulsory and is rarely filled in by people. The ability to ask the question is enabled straight away, without tags, product or release so why is release disabled until you enter a product? It just means that one of the most useful pieces of information for a question is very unlikely to be filled in most of the time.
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Adam
Adam 2018 年 12 月 7 日
I was reminded of this discussion again today on seeing this question. Most of the time people still simply don't include version information in any form, but when someone here is explicitly adding it into his question text it is surely a clear sign that the method for including this information via the dropdown lists is fundamentally not working.
I really hope this is being strongly considered for redesign because version information is so fundamental it should be in every question and should be so obvious how to do it (or compulsory) when asking a question that even a total newbie to the forum can easily add the information.
To take another very quick sample, 6 months on, at a rough count ~15% of the first 100 questions currently on the first 2 pages of questions have a Product entered that isn't Matlab and 21% include Matlab as the only product. It is maybe better than it was, but still not good for the use case of having to enter the product before it suggests valid releases (given that, as mentioned earlier, every release is valid when the product is just 'Matlab').

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Rik
Rik 2018 年 11 月 14 日
編集済み: dpb 2018 年 11 月 14 日
Since the new editor has become way more fancy:
A while back I read in some help page for the Answers forum that a referrence to a function should be the name in monospace with a hyperlink to the doc page. It would be helpful to have this automated via a button in the 'insert' part of the toolbar (complete with the doc-page search bar).
Also, are there plans to try to expose the text of comments/answers to the browser spell checker? I rely on it embarassingly often, so it would be helpful to still have it. I just tried if it was specific to Chrome on W10, but Firefox has the same issue (or feature?)
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dpb
dpb 2018 年 11 月 17 日
The old <url text> is now [text](url).
I fail to understand why there was any need to do that.
And why both "underscore-text-underscore" and "star-text-star" yield italicized text instead of italicized and bold, respectively, is hard to follow reasoning behind???

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2015 年 8 月 14 日
When making a response (Answer or Comment) to a topic originated by Mathworks Support, the browser will almost always time out, with the "Saving" notification going back to "Submit" as if the response had not been saved. This leads people to click Submit again, often several times. Usually the response does get saved, so we end up with one copy of the response for each time the person clicked Submit, but at least once for me the response did not get saved.
My work-around now is to select my response and Copy it in my browser and then refresh the page to see if the response did get posted, and if not then Paste and try again.
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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson 2018 年 11 月 16 日
Firefox evolved into aa security model that does not support Lazarus unfortunately .

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Adam
Adam 2015 年 10 月 16 日
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This seems to have been something that changed in the last few days. Why has the 'Home' link on Matlab Answers suddenly changed to take me to a page I find useless?
For the last year I have been here I have clicked on 'Home' as my standard way of returning to the full unfiltered list of all questions. I browse this sometimes to answer one and sometimes because the question is of interest and I want to read someone's answer.
Now this link takes me to a page where I have to click to 'Ask a Question', 'Answer a Question', read 'Top Questions' or 'Try Answering These'. This is very annoying.
It does at least seem that when I clock 'Go' next to 'Answer a Question' that this does now take me to the unfiltered list (yesterday it was taking me to a filtered list of only unanswered questions), but I'd still prefer that 'Home' takes me to the Matlab Answers page of all questions as it intuitively should.
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